The Best Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is a recipe we stumbled upon a few months ago and fell in love with it. The flavors were intense and the potatoes, well they soaked up that delicious juice. So it was time to make it our way. We played with the spices a bit until we settled upon a good southern deep soaked flavor pool of sweet potatoes and black beans.
Why Sweet Potato?
Lets start with the basic reasons. First they are delicious, second they hold their form well and third they are sweeter than your usual white potato. More importantly though, it contains beta-carotene (which is why they have an orange tint similar to carrots). Beta-Carotene is an antioxidant that the body can turn into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is good for Vision, Skin Health and your immune system. Sweet potatoes also contain Vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium which are characteristics shared between potatoes.
Now the only reason I included sweet potatoes wasn’t just for the vitamin count right? You are exactly right.
The main reason I wanted to include the sweet potatoes was to add a sweetness to the black beans, counter-balance the chipotle chilis we were adding and recently I have been on a sweet potato kick.
I really believe sweet potatoes are what really brought this meal together, it added an extra layer of flavor and really sucked up the juices for a jam packed yum!
Filling, Meatless, Delicious!
As with all chilis this is a hearty meal, filled with all kinds of stewed up ingredients that somehow make a interestingly addictive meal. I really wanted to have this be a big one pot meal that we could save a bit of to keep ahead of the meal prep we have been doing. So It had to be filling, tasty and freezable.
Here is where I am extremely honest. I ate it all. We didn’t get to freeze any, but it would have done well. It was just too good.
Then there is the eye appeal. No one likes to eat bland colored food, you can’t pull a meal out of the freezer and really plan to enjoy it….if its ugly.
So we added a multitude of colors to the meals by using a black bean base (also a source of protein!). By simply adding red chipotle peppers, a frozen stir fry mix and those beautiful orange sweet potatoes, even after completely refrozen and reheated it will look stunning.
Meal Prepping: Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
I have become extremely obsessed with making meal preparation easier and easier every time we do it. I wanted to try out a chop and drop method of cooking. Laying in bed the night before, doing the whole list getting ready to wake up and run to the store and cook..then it happened. I thought, if I just sit and cut a bunch of veggies and throw them in with a liquid meal prep would be a cake walk or I could dedicate all that extra time to a whole other meal!. It will cook itself with minimal stirring. So this meal was a product of trying to solve a time issue in the kitchen.
We had seen a few things online about sweet potato chili. I thought, one of our goto meals when we don’t have a better idea is our Traditional Texas Chili. I wanted something a little fancier, I really wanted to impress the family with something that was “meal prepped”. So after a bit of research, we settled on these flavors. In the kitchen we got a little taste testy and played around with the ingredients.
So day of the meal prep, I get into the kitchen and start chopping my veggies. I throw some spices into the pan with some oil and let them release those aromatics. Tossed the chopped up vegetables into the pan, added the beans and broth and let it stew until it was done. Occasionally getting curious, I had to “stir it”, and every time it got prettier and prettier. The sweet potatoes almost looked like they were glowing once they were done.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili in the Instant Pot
Recently, I tried to make my own black beans from dry and found them to be tasteless so I played around with it and found something brilliant!
We added vegetable broth instead of water and they came out perfect!
The sweet potato black bean chili mixture came out of the instant pot with the broth ready to add to the pot.
The small recipe for black beans is:
- 5 cups Vegetable Broth
- 2 cups Dry Black Beans
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
This recipe is very simple.
You are going to want to peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into 1/2″ cubes.
Next turn your burner on medium heat and in a large sauce pan you want to add your ginger, garlic and cumin. When they smell good add your frozen vegetable blend and let cook for an additional 3 minutes.
Then add the remaining ingredients to the sauce pan and let simmer for 30 minutes or until everything has softened.
Test by placing a fork into a potato. A fancy take on some Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili. Enjoy!
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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
- Sauce Pan
- Potato Peeler
- 4 Cups Frozen Stir-Fry Vegetables
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Ginger
- 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Cumin
- 6 Cups Peeled & Cubed Sweet Potatoes
- 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes (15 ounces each)
- 4 Cans Black Beans (Rinsed & Drained)
- 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- 1 Can Chipotle Chilis in Adobo Sauce
- 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
- Peel and cut your sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes.
- In a large sauce pan add your chili powder, garlic, ginger and cumin to a small bit of olive oil. Add your stir fry veggies and let cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add the rest of your ingredients and let stew for 30 minutes or until potatoes become tender.